Can you believe these places really exist? What I’d do to be able to tick them off my bucket list. It was near impossible to narrow them down, but here’s 10 of the most surreal destinations in the world.
1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives
Tiny sea microbes known as phytoplankton glow in a beautiful blue color due to their bioluminescence. It’s as if little stars have fallen from the sky and landed on the beach.
2. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China
The beautiful and unusual colours are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colours, patterns, and sizes.
3. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flats. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes and is covered by a few meters of salt crust.
4. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier, a 12-mile-long mass of ice in Juneau, Alaska, is a popular tourist attraction. Rising global temperatures have caused the glacier to start melting and as a result, water has carved caves into the interior, creating surreal, turquoise-toned worlds whose shapes are ever changing.
5. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
The Netherlands has been known for its gorgeous fields of colorful flowers in the spring, which bloom from March to May.
6. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand.
7. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, a district on the west outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It’s one of the most amazing natural sites in Japan. The sound which the wind makes while it blows amongst the bamboo has been voted on as one of the “one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese government.
8. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States
Located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is the most-photographed slot canyon in the world. It means “the place where water runs through the rocks” in Navajo.
9. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
Located near the town of Kleven, this luscious green tunnel provides passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. In addition to serving as a train route, the tunnel is used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true. How sweet!
10. The “swing at the end of the world” in Baños, Ecuador
The Swing at the End of the World is a breathtaking little treasure in the mountains near Baños, Ecuador. The high-flying rope swing hangs from a treehouse called Casa del Arbol, which is actually an observation center for Mt. Tungurahua, an active volcano in the background. The swing arches you into infinite space, beyond the edge of the cliff thousands of feet above ground, and without even a safety belt to keep you on.